Olson's Scandinavian Deli

Olson's Scandinavian Deli The first time I'd heard about Olson's Deli was about 6 years ago at a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Irene, the hostess, laid out an array of Scandinavian appetizers; herring, pickled cucumbers, gravlax (prepared raw salmon), and liver pate. She told me she had bought these delicacies at Olson’s,…

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Brownstone Bistro, Sunday Brunch Community FAVE

Brownstone Bistro,  Sunday Brunch Community FAVE I’ve walked past Mid-City’s Brownstone Bistro at 5047 Pico Blvd. at least a dozen times and never paid much attention to it. That changed one recent Sunday after I decided to try the Bistro’s Sunday Brunch buffet. Before going, I checked out several comments about the restaurant on Yelp, which…

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Looking for Meatless Alternatives In Our Community?

More and more people are eating less meat (fish is meat) – with A-list celebs, like former president Bill Clinton and J. Lo making headlines on a regular basis. Even Beyonce and Jay Z gave it a shot, with a recent 22-day ‘cleanse.’But it’s not just celebs; millions of…

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Honey Bee's for Breakfast and Lunch

Honey Bee's for Breakfast and LunchEating at Honey Bee’s House of Breakfast illustrated a personal breakfast dilemma that comes up in my kitchen often – American or Central American breakfast? Walking into the cozy restaurant on Adams Blvd, west of Crenshaw, on a busy Saturday morning, my jaw dropped when I saw the El Clasicoplate and I…

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Kang Nam

Kang NamI must admit: I’ve always played it safe with Korean food. When I arrived at Kang Nam all I knew from Yelp reviews was that this was a traditional spot where Korean adults could enjoy a good old school Korean meal.  So, I jumped into this culinary adventure by asking…

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Design Your Own Artisan Pizza

Design Your Own Artisan Pizza The latest trend in pizzas has come to Mid-City, PizzaRev, a 'craft your own' artisanal joint where you get a 10- inch pizza with unlimited toppings for less than $8. Set in an assembly line setting somewhat akin to subway, you choose in the following order:…

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Capitol Burgers #1 Best

Capitol Burgers #1 BestI’ve lived in the community for three decades, and had driven by the burger shack countless, countless times.With hunger pangs and a growling stomach – and a recent appraisal naming Capitol Burgers the “best” classic burger stand in Los Angeles – I walked down the street to try it…

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Papa Cristo's

Papa Cristo'sThere's a reason this neighborhood Greek Restaurant has been in business 60 years.   Did you grow up in a gregarious home where whatever came out of the kitchen was delicious and everyone was welcome? Well, if you didn’t, you’re lucky to have Papa Cristo’s C&K Importing nearby as a second home –…

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My Two Cents: "From the Soil to Your Soul"

Diversity has become a part of America’s soul. At My Two Cents, a cafe located at the corner of Pico and Curson in the heart of Mid City, soul food takes on a new spin: healthy nouvelle meets fusion meets Southern traditions.   Chef Alisa Reynolds wanted to create a…

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Grain Cafe

Grain CafeI first heard about the Grain Cafe from my neighborhood foodies (people who love good food and keep track of where to get the good stuff). "Did you hear about the new vegan restaurant?" "It's in a little pocket mall on Pico west of Crenshaw."  "They have organic coffee and…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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